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GRHA Newsletter
Week of February 10, 2012

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Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981, this nonprofit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians. Join now!


FY 2012 GRHA Board of Directors


Sallie Barker

Immediate Past President

Nannette Turner

President Elect

Denise Kornegay

Vice President

Ann Addison


Sheila Freeman


Deidre Howell

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Laura Bland Gillman

Sue Nieman

Charles Owens

Chris Parker

Caroline Holley Womack

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Matt Caseman 


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Veronda Ford
Aimee Green
Emily Henning
"This is Public Health"
Video Contest
Deadline to submit video is March 1, 2012

To learn more click here
Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program

Do you know someone who

is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)? The Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP) is reserving up to half of all funding for NPs and we need your help to get the word out.


NELRP offers NPs an opportunity to repay up to 85 percent of their outstanding qualifying

educational loans in exchange for serving at a Critical Shortage Facility that is located in a Health

Professional Shortage Area.


The deadline to apply to NELRP is February 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm EST. NPs can apply to both NELRP and the National Health Service Corps, however if an applicant is selected to receive an award from both, they must select one.


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February Observances

AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month


Heart Month


International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month


National Children Dental Health Month  

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          Georgia Rural Health Association


Rural Health Day at the Capitol


Thursday, February 16, 2012


State Capitol


South Wing


8:00 am-12:00 pm


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 2012 R.U.R.A.L. Legislative Agenda 


Georgia Rural Health Association Members can now go to our website and access the latest Legislative Reports and Bill Tracking Documents for the 2012 Session of the Georgia General Assembly. From the Advocacy Page, click on "2012 Legislative Tracking", and log in. For assistance please contact our office at 478-552-3620 or [email protected]


 Task forces to discuss report on Medicaid


State officials are creating two task forces to gather input on a consulting firm's report on the future of Georgia's Medicaid and PeachCare programs.


One task force will involve medical provider groups, including representatives of hospital and physician organizations. The second grouping will review the Navigant report's recommendation to revamp services for the ''aged, blind and disabled'' populations.


The advisory task forces will meet separately next week, Jerry Dubberly, state Medicaid director, told Georgia Health News after a legislative budget hearing Tuesday.


Full Story by Andy Miller

 Aging America creates demand for health-care workers 


(Reuters) - The graying of America and a booming Hispanic population is driving major changes in the structure of the U.S. workforce and the types of jobs that will be available over the next decade, a new government report shows.


Health care and social assistance jobs will be the fastest-growing sectors, accounting for one quarter of the 20.2 million new jobs the economy is expected to generate by 2020.


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February issue of The Branch
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Commentary: Fix Medicare doctor pay
By: Andy Miller

Senate and House negotiators have returned to the bargaining table to work on the so-called "doc fix" problem involving what physicians are paid when treating Medicare patients.


Unless Congress takes action by the end of this month, doctors face a 27 percent cut in reimbursements under Medicare.


In a new GHN Commentary, Atlanta psychiatrist Dr. Patrice A. Harris writes that if Congress does not solve the pay problemonce and for all, ''physicians will be forced to make unwelcome choices, including limiting the number of Medicare patients they take on.''


Harris, a board member of the American Medical Association, supports using funds originally projected for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to eliminate the flawed Medicare formula



CMS Has Updated the EHR Information Center with New Self-Service OptionsFollowing months of review and collective input, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Information Center Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system has been enhanced to provide users with an increased number of options and services to make accessing and reviewing data easier than ever before.


For eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals or critical access hospitals (CAHs), the revised functionality vastly improves the efficiency in obtaining the desired information, while also offering a more varied amount of information and options for callers.


CMS is proud to announce that providers can now obtain information through an extensive IVR Self-Service option. Included in this option is a reinforced privacy protection module that requires your individual National Provider Identifier (NPI), the last five digits of your Tax Identification Number (TIN) and your EHR registration ID.


Once accepted, this newly enhanced Self-Service tool allows you to:

Obtain registration status

Acquire attestation status

Review payment information

Check progress towards meeting the $24,000 threshold amount 


Users may access these new options by following the steps outlined below:

Begin by dialing (888) 734 6433

Press 3 for Self Service

Enter the authentication elements

These options will be available on the IVR effective February 16, 2012.


Make sure to visit the EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs.

Mark Your Calendar
Georgia Rural Health Association
Rural Health Day at the Capitol
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Georgia State Capitol, South Wing
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Leadership Breakfast
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
8:00 am
Cobb Country's Georgia Club
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth
2012 Annual Conference
March 14th-16 Ritz-Carlton, Reynold Plantation
Lake Oconee, GA

Hospitals and Communities Moving Forward with Patient-and Family-Centered Care
March 19- 22, 2012
Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care
Emory Conference Center Hotel
Atlanta, Ga


Society of Trauma Nurses

STN 15th Annual Conference
April 11-14, 2012
Going Coastal: Reset your Trauma Compass
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Savannah, GA



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